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Behind the Gems: Tourmaline

Tourmaline: This semi-precious stone is popular among jewellers and jewellery connoisseurs alike.

Why? Let’s have a look!

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5 Facts About Tourmaline

  • First things first, what is tourmaline? Well, tourmaline is a broad term used to group together crystals with a similar structure otherwise known as crystalline boron silicate.
  • What colours does it come in? Tourmaline comes in a wide variety of colours. So many, in fact, that it is one of the most colourful stones on the planet. There is, for example, the very popular watermelon tourmaline (green on the outside and pink on the inside), red tourmaline (rubellite), green tourmaline (chrome tourmaline), etc.
  • Fun fact: Tourmaline happens to be one of the few gemstones where colour bands ADD to its value.
  • Where can it be found? Tourmaline is mined all around the world, from the US, Brazil and Canada to Nigeria, Mozambique, Zambia and Afghanistan.
  • Why is it perfect for jewellery? Because, in addition to the generous array of colours it comes in, tourmaline is a hard stone (7 to 7.5 on Mohs scale of hardness, where 10 is diamond and 1 is talc). This toughness makes it ideal for jewellery. 

Tourmaline Jewellery: An Inescapable Charm

Sure enough, we love tourmaline here at Love Is!

These are our two favourite pieces made with this versatile stone:

 

Tourmaline Earrings

One-of-a-kind, these earrings were thoughtfully crafted from a pair of two-toned tourmalines and rhodolite garnets, creating a beautiful gradient effect.

Envisioned as a statement piece in your jewellery collection, the earrings's detachable pendants allow them to be dressed up or down depending on your mood and occasion.

Description: 
• Unique piece: 1/1
• 2 two-toned tourmaline
• 2 detachable green tourmaline pendants
• 18ct yellow gold settings
• 18ct butterfly clips
 

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Ruby & Tourmaline Cross Necklace

Versatile and luxurious, this beautiful necklace radiates warmth.

And its detachable pendant turns it from a dazzling statement piece into a simple ruby chain in the blink of an eye! Which means that you can pair it with everything from classic ensembles to boho-chic looks.

Description:
Unique piece: 1/1
18ct yellow gold clasp
Ruby-beaded chain (approx. 5mm), length 43cm
Detachable pendant 5x3cm, weight 11g
18ct yellow gold setting
1 green tourmaline rectangle 18x9mm
4 green tourmaline drops approx. 7x5mm
 

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